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Herrera hails Wayne Rooney as one of the best in the world

By Paul Hirst

Ander Herrera still regards Wayne Rooney as one of the best players on the planet despite his indifferent form this season.

Rooney's 79th-minute header gave United a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night and moved him up to second alongside Denis Law in the club's all-time scoring charts on 237 goals.

Nevertheless, a return of just two Premier League strikes in 10 matches has led to concerns about the consistency of the United and England captain.

Spanish midfielder Herrera, though, has defended the 30-year-old.

"He is one of the best players in the world," Herrera said.

"I try not to read (what the critics say) too much. I try to create my own opinion and my opinion is clear - Wayne Rooney is one of the best."

Herrera believes Rooney's game is about much more than just his goals ratio.

"He is one of the stars, but he is not selfish," Herrera continued.

"If he scores of course it is much better for everyone, but if he doesn't score, he fights in the same way.

"The way he trains and the way he gives to the rest of the players his opinion, everything.

"Maybe people on the outside only see what's on the pitch, but he is also very, very important outside for everyone."

While a lack of goals and attacking play is clearly a concern among the Red Devils' fanbase, Herrera pointed out United's excellent defensive record should be admired too.

"That's a positive," he said when asked about United's 11th clean sheet of the season.

"We saw last year that Chelsea didn't score too many goals, but they didn't concede too many either so that is important when you want to have a great season, you cannot give away too many chances."

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